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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: SIDNEY POITIER - ACTOR

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If you make a short list of the greatest living actors in America, you're likely to include Sir Sidney Poitier. Poitier is officially listed as being born in Miami, but his immigration story is a little more complicated. He was actually born on a ship heading from the Bahamas to Florida and his parents were Bahamian and Haitian. As a citizen of the Bahamas, a Commonwealth nation, Poitier qualified for full knighthood. He's also served as Bahamian Ambassador to China.



If you're at all a student of US film history, you'll likely have seen some of Poitier's films. Lilies in the Field and Look Whose Coming to Dinner are two that immediately come to mind.  He won the Academy Award in 1964 for the former, becoming the first actor of color ever to take home the Oscar Statue. He also won the Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 2002. You may also be familiar with films like To Sir With Love, A Raisin in the Sun and In the Heat of the Night.

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    Great post!!
  2. 123's Avatar
    Greg,

    A potential story to cover. It seems to me like DHS is spending monies in the wrong places, possibly creating more work and backlog for something unnecessary. These people have been here for decades! It makes me wonder what the government can and will do to my GC 30 years from now when I'm close to retirement and have no other contry to call home.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_news/story/212151.html

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